Over Half of U.S. Homes at Risk

    Spencer Batenhorst, 10, and his mother Tammie look for kittens they heard among storm debris at the home of Mary Ann Wemhoff outside of Pilger, Nebraska June 17, 2014. Residents who were forced to leave a Nebraska village leveled by a tornado that killed a child and injured more than two dozen people began returning on Tuesday to salvage belongings from their battered homes, businesses, a church and school. The town of Pilger took a direct hit Monday afternoon as tornadoes swept across a farming area in northeast Nebraska, devastating up to 75 percent of its buildings, officials said.   REUTERS/Lane Hickenbottom  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER) - RTR3UB30

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    According to a new study using data from the U.S. Geological Survey, 71 million housing units are at high risk when it comes to natural disasters like tornados, earthquakes, or hurricanes. That represents 55 percent of the country's total homes. About 10.6 million are at a very high risk. The report, from RealtyTrac, used historical and predictive data to compile a county-by-county map that shows the likelihood of a county being hit by a devastating hurricane, tornado, or earthquake. "It's fairly obvious from looking at the map that these high-risk areas tend to be places where a lot of people want to live, like along the coast," said Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac. However, the highest-risk parts of the country are in what's called "tornado alley" which covers Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and northern Texas.

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